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On the eve of hisÂ meeting withÂ Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Trump spent his day attacking American allies, the American free press, and his fellow American elected officials â all while paying Putin a compliment.
TrumpÂ saidÂ he was âlooking forwardâ to meeting Putin â then launched into a rant about Democrats and the media that had disturbing historical echoes.
…over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasnât good enough â that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition! Much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people and all the Dems…
â Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2018
âUnfortunately,â Trump complained, âno matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by RussiaÂ over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasnât good enough â that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!â
âMuch of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people,â Trump said, and added that âall the DemsÂ know how to do is resist and obstruct!â
Even as he prepares to meet with a dictatorÂ who is responsibleÂ for the murders of journalists, Trump is attacking the American free press as âthe enemy of the peopleâ â a term thatÂ echoesÂ Soviet dictator Joseph Stalinâs murderous purges of his enemies.
TrumpÂ has usedÂ the phrase âenemy of the peopleâ to describe both journalists and Democrats before, but doing so in this context is doubly outrageous.
In his Twitter rant, Trump also blamed Democrats for âhatred and dissension in our country.â
To add insult to injury, Trump followed up his attacks on the press and his fellow Americans in the Democratic Party byÂ complimentingÂ Putin directly.
â[C]ongratulations to President Putin and Russia for putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament â one of the best ever!â Trump tweeted.
But Trump had nothing to say to Putin about theÂ 12 indictmentsÂ against Russian intelligence officials for interfering in the 2016 election, which were announced Friday by Trumpâs own Justice Department.
American intelligence officials have determined that Russians attacked American democracy by doing exactly what Trump baselessly accused Democrats of: sowing âhatred and dissensionâ in the United States.
However, Democrats are the ones who have been pressing for Trump toÂ cancelÂ the summit with Putin over the indictments â unless Trump isÂ prepared to demandÂ that Putin turn over the criminals who attacked us.
So far, Trump shows no interest in attacking Putin for Russiaâs crimes against the United States. He seems too busy attacking American democracy instead.
Published with permission of The American Independent.Â